‘Survivor: Kaoh Rong’ Episode 10 Results Shocker: It’s a Tribal Council Double-Cross!
Recap and results for Survivor: Kaoh Rong – Episode 10 – I’m Not Here To Make Good Friends:
Well, that was an incredible tribal council. Survivor: Kaoh Rong has been playing up the importance of the super idol throughout the season, which is partially why it’s so shocking that, ultimately, the super idol never gets played. “I’m Not Here To Make Friends” features a post-vote double-cross by Tai that results in Scot landing on the jury. It’s one of the best moments of the season, and yet, I’m torn on just how good a move this really is for Tai’s game.
On the one hand, Tai now finally has a move he can point to in front of the jury, if he makes it to final tribal council. He can say, “I aligned with Jason and Scot for the super idol protection in case I was voted out, but I cut them loose when I didn’t need them anymore. I took control of the game by voting out one of the two people running it.” On the other hand, Jason and Scot would have been perfect goats to take to final tribal council. He goes to the end with those two, and there’s no way he loses the million dollars. Jason and Scot simply burned too many bridges, and will have made the game a miserable experience for too many people on that jury for them to consider throwing any votes in their direction. With Scot gone, Tai now has to find another ideal person to take to the end with him, and all the other non-Jason people left in the game would be a threat to win, on likability alone. Except for maybe Joe, whose likability doesn’t excuse the fact that he hasn’t really done anything in this game to merit winning Survivor. Well, not yet, anyway. I suppose I’m getting ahead of myself, since a lot can change in these final twelve days of the game. A likable person like Julia could suddenly change her game, and find herself burning enough bridges to suddenly make victory implausible. Or maybe Jason mends his ways now that he’s separated from Scot. I mean, I wouldn’t exactly bet on it, but stranger things have happened. The gist, however, is that Tai just made it harder on himself from here on out, because his victory isn’t as assured now as it would have been had he just stuck with Jason and Scot until the end.
And yet, in the short term, I think there’s just as much evidence to suggest that Tai did make the right move after all. Prior to tribal council, when double agent Julia suggests that all the girls will be voting for Tai in order to flush out his idol, Jason and Scot seem down with the plan. For one, they can play the super idol to save Tai if it comes to it. Secondly, and most importantly, Jason and Scot are already thinking about a post-Tai future, noting that he’s too likable, and far too much of a challenge threat. For all of their talk of holding true to their alliance til the end, Jason and Scot were making a final three deal with Julia, and planning on how best to eliminate Tai when the time comes. Had Tai remained with Jason and Scot, he might have found himself blindsided before Top 5, honestly. I could easily have seen Jason and Scot pulling exactly what Tai did tonight, had the shoe been on the other foot.
Yes, that tribal council. After an intense pot-balancing immunity challenge that came down to Jason and Aubry, the group came in with no certainty on what would go down. Jason gave Scot his idol in order to protect his closest ally, all while planning to trick the women into thinking Cydney was their target. However, their plan was to blindside Aubry, who proved herself a resilient challenge threat, and an even more formidable strategic opponent. And they’re not exactly wrong about Aubry’s acumen for this game. The way she worked Tai over by essentially guilt-tripping him about how Jason and Scot’s behavior has hurt everyone at camp was brilliant. And she did a great job of mobilizing the women (and Joe) to go for the Scot blindside rather than the more obvious Tai vote. In essence, it was a tale of two misdirects, with Jason and Scot pretending Cydney was the target, and the women pretending Tai was the target. The ultimate decision all rested with Tai, who had to decide whether he could actually continue playing with Jason and Scot while not looking like a jackass by association, or whether it was wiser to just bail on that alliance and keep his idol for himself. It leads to that amazing — and, in some ways, inevitable — moment. Scot receives four votes, which is enough to eliminate him. Jason and Scot have a slight smirk, because they’re anticipating that everyone will be shocked when they play the super idol. But, after a long pause in which Jason and Scot exchange looks with Tai in order to get him to hand over his idol, Scot realizes Tai is reneging on the deal. “You’re not doing it?” Jason asks. Tai shakes his head, and follows up with a plaintive “sorry”. Scot can only respond with a stunned “wow”, as he stands up to get his torch snuffed. In his exit interview, Scot is clearly hurt and betrayed by what Tai did, although, to his credit, he understands the wisdom of the move. It shows me that Scot is a far more likable guy when separated from Jason, as evidenced by how likable he was after the tribal shuffle and the initial alliance with Tai. While I don’t know that I’d necessarily want to see him play again, I don’t think I’d be opposed to it either. Having Jason as an ally brought out the worst jock tendencies in Scot, and I feel that hurt his game in a huge way. Worst of all, Scot’s elimination leaves Jason without an idol, since Scot stupidly took it with him. Why would you not hand it back? Everyone knows there were two idols in that alliance, so it’s not as though he’d have been painting a target on Jason’s back by handing it back to him. Or, at least, not any larger of a target than will already be there if he doesn’t win immunity next week. That said, now that Jason and Scot have been broken up, this opens up the game. While Tai made a huge move, I don’t think he’s necessarily in power now. He still has an idol that people are going to want to flush, and if he doesn’t win immunity next week, I think that’s exactly what the majority might try to do. Either way, this is going to be an awesome couple of episodes in the weeks to come, since it no longer feels like the game is being held hostage by a bunch of jocks.
Other thoughts on the episode:
-I loved the pot-balancing reward challenge (this show loves breaking ceramic pots, for some reason), in which each castaway could pick which reward they wanted to compete for, which caused them to be separated into groupings. Jason, Michele and Scot decided to play for food, Julia and Joe decided to play for letters from home, and Cydney, Aubry and Tai decided to play for an advantage in the game. Julia won her letters from home, Michele won the cheeseburger and fries, and (of course) Tai won the advantage. Back at camp, he discovers that the advantage is the bonus vote from the past two seasons. He can play this at any tribal council, although it’s only the version Dan Foley had on Survivor: Worlds Apart, rather than the version Stephen Fishbach had on Survivor: Second Chance where you get a bonus vote by taking it away from someone else. It should be interesting to see how this all plays out.
-I love how Aubry kept the Jason/Scot alliance blind to her plan by constantly utilizing positive reinforcement. During the immunity challenge, she notes that Jason has been through everything, so why wouldn’t he be able to make it through this challenge? It prompts Jason to give her a genuine hug after his victory, and commend her on a job well done. At tribal council, Aubry talks about how she never thought she’d find herself competing against an NBA player and “a badass veteran,” once again tipping her hat to Jason in subtle fashion. It kept the alliance feeling smug and overconfident, even though Scot calls out Aubry at tribal for not allying with them when they made an offer to her.
-I wonder if Tai would have flipped if Scot had been more open to giving him a say in deliberations. After having a conversation with Aubry about how he might be a target, Tai goes to Jason and Scot to talk about bringing Aubry into the fold. Immediately, with no camera cuts or even a break in his thought process, Scot shoots down the idea and tells Tai that this means they’re going to vote out Aubry. No consulting Tai, no asking for his opinions, no waiting until the next immunity challenge to see how the cards lay out. He barks it out like an order, and Tai later admits that he was shaken by that. If the edit suggests anything, it’s that THIS is the moment where Tai starts to realize how untenable this alliance with Jason and Scot is, since he’s not really part of the alliance at all. He was treated as though he was little more than a competitor to prevent the people they hate from winning immunity. And, failing that, he was little more than an extra idol for them to use. That is, for Jason and Scot to use, not Tai. So I get why he did this.
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